Kick-Ass Reviews

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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Most of the lessons in Kick-Ass are juvenile, but Lordy are they stylishly told.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 23, 2010
I found it mighty painful sitting through all the bone crushing and blood-letting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
April 19, 2010
I know it's all supposed to be tongue in cheek and lots of fun, but frankly this turned my stomach.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 19, 2010
When filmmakers nudge a child into viewing savagery as slapstick, are we not allowing them to do what we condemn in the pornographer -- that is, to coarsen and inflame?
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 16, 2010
Kick-Ass is some kind of twisted fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 16, 2010
Everything you've likely heard about Kick-Ass is true, providing you've heard it's profane, outlandish, ultra-violent, shocking, funny and wildly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 16, 2010
Nicolas Cage is a hoot, a hollar and a fright as Damon Mac ready, a.k.a. Big Daddy. How can he be otherwise? He's a good cop gone mad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 16, 2010
The film has the courage of its genre convictions. It doesn't have even a whiff of market testing. It does everything on its own terms, and in this age of McMansion movies, that's a super accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 16, 2010
Fast, periodically spit-funny and often grotesquely violent, the film at once embraces and satirizes contemporary action-film clichés with Tarantino-esque self-regard -- it's the latest in giggles-and-guts entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 16, 2010
Suggested subtitle: Iron Man, You Just Got Served.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 16, 2010
Prepare for amazement: This thing makes Nicolas Cage cool again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 16, 2010
A mosh pit of a comic-book movie that dares you to dive into its anarchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 16, 2010
The film is post-modern surgery into the superhero myth, driving a scalpel into the warped logic of misanthropic killers who masquerade as civic do-gooders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 16, 2010
[It] thinks it's so brave and bold. But it's more like the title character, a dweeb who just thinks he's tough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 16, 2010
If you're going to play this game, you have to keep doubling down. Kick-Ass can't. The fights never grow in complexity; halfway through, the director has nothing to add.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2010
It brings together several popular strains of contemporary moviemaking and combines them into one big, shameless, audacious, compulsively watchable, irresistibly likable piece of pure entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 15, 2010
Peppering an action flick with comedy is hardly original, but the mocking tone and off-kilter vibe set this film apart. It even has a hearty dose of charm, thanks mostly to the most outrageous performance by a child in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 15, 2010
It soars, jet-propelled, on its central idea of matching a superhero's exploits with the grinding reality of urban teen life and on the aerodynamic smoothness of the film's style.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 15, 2010
Vaughn cheerfully mines the queasiness of ... contradiction for satire, but the movie takes the reality of its characters seriously. When good guys die, their loss actually stings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 15, 2010
Kick-Ass stands as an intriguing fantasy of social networking. To achieve superhero status, you simply put up your own Web site, announce it on MySpace and Facebook and you're on your mythic way.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2010
It's as if all the arguments about these hyper-violent films -- why they are so popular, what they have done to our culture -- are open for business in one convenient location.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 15, 2010
Kick-Ass is a guilty pleasure of the highest order, a guns-blazing, media-savvy superhero comedy designed to thrill geeks and outrage prudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 15, 2010
A bizarre and ultimately self-sabotaging movie that defies categorization, Kick-Ass is at times cheap and cynical, while in other moments is ingenious and strangely noble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2010
Kick-Ass has punk energy, ace action moves, and a winning sense of absurdist fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
At some point it becomes exactly the big, boneheaded movie it was making fun of in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 15, 2010
A film about wannabes who use attitude and bluster to emulate their inspirations, this ersatz blockbuster ends up seeming a little too much like its heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2010
This is the ultimate fanboy product.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 15, 2010
"Kick-Ass" isn't just broken by its flaws ... It's flawed to start with, a hypocritical mess whose attempts to swagger turn into clumsy stumbling and whose knowing wink blinds it to its own problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2010
Funny, unexpectedly violent romp lets a regular kid play superhero for a while.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 15, 2010
What do these characters consider worthy of killing and dying for? That a protagonist lacks superpowers is no reason for him to lack motivation, conviction, or purpose.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 15, 2010
This is the most brazenly funny bloodbath unleashed on the public since Pulp Fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Joe
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2010
A particularly timely story about civic-mindedness and the pursuit of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2010
I started hating this movie around the midpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
Let's say you're a big fan of the original comic book, and you think the movie does it justice. You know what? You inhabit a world I am so very not interested in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 14, 2010
Kick-Ass earns its name in every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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April 14, 2010
It will soon be a well-known part of the comic book movie pantheon.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2010
While not all of the elements fit together tonally, on the surface level -- the level that the title suggests -- Kick-Ass does exactly what it's supposed to, as long as you're game for the language and the gutting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 14, 2010
Is it a problem that Kick-Ass is by far the most violent movie ever to feature kids as heroes? Parents should consider themselves warned, though personally, I just wish that the film had ended up a bit less of an over-the-top action ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
April 14, 2010
Never as shocking as it thinks it is, as funny as it should be, or as engaged in cultural critique as it could be.
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 14, 2010
Director Matthew Vaughn has made an action comedy so bloody funny -- double emphasis on bloody -- fans might need to see it again just to catch the gags they missed from laughing so hard the first time.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 14, 2010
Crude, bloody and moody, Kick-Ass embraces, at arm's length, its fanboy origins. But maybe they should have decided if they loved these stereotypes, or wanted to ridicule them to death before rolling the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 12, 2010
Kick-Ass is a compendium of all sleazy things, and it sings like a siren to our inner Tarantinos.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
April 1, 2010
Vaughn directs with efficiency and a good sense of action while Johnson puts in an engaging turn that maintains sympathy and helps paper over some of the plot's more jerky, episodic aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 16, 2010
Kick-Ass offers some genuinely clever observations about the creation of celebrity in a world where viral video clips and latenight talkshow quips can turn attention seekers into overnight sensations (and inadvertent role models).